A guide to making a personal injury claim

By Jenny Jones

If you live in Baldock or anywhere else in the UK, our expert personal injury lawyers are able to help with your claim and we will always set up a medical report at a medical centre near your home.

Do I have a claim?

If you suffered an injury in the last 3 years and another person was at fault, we can assist you with a compensation claim.

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How much compensation can I claim for an injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the extent of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injury has affected your life. Your solicitor will take all of these effects into account to calculate the correct compensation award for you.

This calculation will factor in general damages and special damages.

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

Special damages

Special damages are for financial losses and expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident.

See a list of what you can claim for:

Examples of special damages include:

  • Lost earnings (including future earnings)
  • Medical treatment costs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Travel costs
  • Costs of care
  • Costs of adapting your home or car

Find out what your claim could be worth now

Assessing a claim's value at the outset can be complicated.

If you would like a FREE claim estimate with no obligation to start a claim, call 0800 612 7456.

Alternatively, our compensation calculator will give you an instant estimate of what your claim is worth.

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Eligibility to claim

Claimants who have been diagnosed with certain injuries or illnesses such as hand-arm vibration syndrome are often still entitled to claim compensation even where the cause of the illness occurred years ago. In these circumstances, it is the date of knowledge, or diagnosis that is considered.

To win a Baldock personal injury case, it must be proven that:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the defendant
  • That duty was breached by the defendant
  • The defendant's breach caused your injury or illness

Making your claim sooner will enable supporting witness statements to be collected by your solicitor.

Calculate your compensation

The amount of financial compensation you are likely to receive is calculated with reference to Judicial College Guidelines. Our claim calculator provides an estimate of the award or settlement you could be due.

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Work accident claims in Baldock

Worker injured in accident

Quittance has helped claimants, from warehouse assistants to airline cabin crews, to seek financial compensation. Work injury figures in the North Hertfordshire local authority collated in accordance with reporting legislation by the HSE as follows:

Workplace accidents in North Hertfordshire Local Authority (RIDAGGR)2011/122012/132013/14
Undetermined191220
Electricity related021
Machinery related injury1076
Harmful substance exposure (e.g. PVC)120
Fall from height12512
Animal related (e.g. dog bites)111
Manual handling512622
Assault253
Slip or trip473033
Struck against716
Struck by moving vehicle121
Struck by object20158
Trapped under falling object101

Read more: Work injury compensation claims

Road traffic accident claims in Baldock

Cars involved in a road accident

Accidents involving all vehicles in Baldock are common with 27 fatal accidents, 358 serious accidents and 2754 slight accidents in 2013 in Hertfordshire (Total events were 3139 local authority district. In 2014 accidents increased to 3,690.

Our network of expert no win, no fee solicitors have decades of experience in fighting for the best compensation for claimants injured in a road accident in Baldock.

Read more: Road accident compensation

Other claims

Medical and clinical negligence in Baldock

When someone is injured or becomes ill as the result of the carelessness of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, it may be possible to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been affected by clinical negligence, Quittance's panel of expert clinical negligence solicitors can help you make a claim against the NHS hospital or private clinic.

If you are just looking for closure or answers instead of financial compensation, you could follow the NHS complaints procedure. You can contact Lister Hospital, Coreys Mill Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, for example, to follow the formal NHS complaints process against East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

Read more: No win, no fee medical negligence claims

Serious injury

Courts understand that serious injuries can have a life-changing impact on an injured person. Damages will lessen the financial load on an injured claimant so they can focus on rehabilitation.

Read more: No win, no fee serious injury claims

Slip, trip and fall injuries

Officially reported figures underline the fact that slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in Hertfordshire and the UK. These types of accident are typically the cause of injuries filed under a different category e.g. being struck by moving machinery or a fire related accident. Public liability cases for injuries like fractured ankles happening on poorly maintained roads are also quite common with pavement trips having occurred on Whitehorse St and on Norton Road.

Baldock No Win, No Fee Solicitors

No win, no fee' means that you will not have to pay any legal fees whatsoever if your claim is not successful. Quittance's national network of solicitors cover Baldock and work on a guaranteed no win, no fee basis.

Read more: No win, no fee compensation claims.

Meet our team

Quittance's national network of solicitors handle all types of personal injury claims in Baldock and have a wealth of expertise with fast track, complex and serious injury claims. Our lawyers are selected for their winning track record and their specialist knowledge.

Click here to meet more of the Quittance Legal Services team.

Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Rakhi Chauhan Road Accident Panel Solicitor
Tim Fieldhouse Industrial Disease Panel Solicitor

Have Quittance solicitors handled many Baldock claims?

We are a national panel of SRA regulated personal injury solicitors that assists people in Baldock, Hertfordshire and across the country, obtain financial compensation for their injuries.

In 2017, we helped hundreds of claimants in Hertfordshire get compensation for a range of accidents and injuries, from accidents on the road to ladder accidents.

With a first-rate claims record, we make the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible. Local medical centres, home visits (if required) and a team of experts only a phone call away, means you can focus on getting back to where you were before your injury.

FAQs

Do you work on 100% No Win, No Fee?

If your claim is not successful, 100% of the solicitor's fees are covered. With nothing to pay up front, you only pay a success fee if your solicitor wins your case.

How do you find the best no win no fee personal injury solicitor?

Identifying a suitable legal representation for your legal matter is your most important step towards claiming the most compensation for your accident.

How do you make certain you choose the most appropriate solicitors' practice to take on your case?

You should be aware of how much of your compensation will be taken to cover these fees.

Will I need a local solicitor ?

The location of the lawyers office is not very relevant as injury cases are, as a matter of course, managed by phone and email.

It is however necessary to instruct a law firm that has medical facilities near you as claimants will almost always need to attend a medical exam.

More : Do Quittance have a local medical centre?

Injury lawyer reviews in Baldock - Tips for comparing firms

There is often no substitute for picking up the phone and talking to a solicitor about your claim. Reviews for personal injury law firms are a useful when contrasting the approach and service levels offered by different firms.

Case studies

Serious Injury Solicitor

Rakhi Chauhan secures £80,000 following a road collision with a lorry

The victim was forced off the road when a lorry driver fell asleep at the wheel.

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Serious Injury Solicitor

Kevin Walker obtains £80,000 for a construction worker's catastrophic hand injury

The worker also recieved trauma-specialist physiotherapy, welfare advice and state-of-the-art prostheses.

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Jenny Jones, Senior litigator

About the author

With over 20 years' experience in the law, Jenny has spent the last decade specialising in personal injury, with a particular focus on industrial disease cases.

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